impacted

Wedged or pressed closely so as to move as a single unit.

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im·pact·ed im-'pak-təd adj
1 a) blocked by material (as feces) that is firmly packed or wedged in position <an \impacted colon>
b) wedged or lodged in a bodily passage <an \impacted mass of feces> <an \impacted fetus in the birth canal>
2) characterized by broken ends of bone driven together <an \impacted fracture>
3) of a tooth wedged between the jawbone and another tooth <an \impacted wisdom tooth>

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adj.
firmly wedged. An impacted tooth (usually a wisdom tooth) is one that cannot erupt into a normal position because it is obstructed by other tissues. Impacted faeces are so hard and dry that they cannot pass through the anus without special measures being taken (see constipation). An impacted fracture is one in which the bone ends are driven into each other.
impaction n.

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im·pact·ed (im-pakґtəd) [L. impactus] driven firmly in; closely or firmly lodged in position, as an impacted tooth or impacted twins.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Impacted — Im*pact ed, a. 1. Driven together or close. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: (Dentistry) Grown in an abnormal direction so that it is wedged against another tooth and cannot erupt normally; of teeth, especially the third molar; as, to extract an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impacted — index inextricable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • impacted — [im pakt′id] adj. 1. pressed tightly together; driven firmly in; wedged in; esp., firmly lodged in the jaw: said of a tooth unable to erupt properly because of its abnormal position, lack of space, etc. ☆ 2. financially or otherwise strained by… …   English World dictionary

  • Impacted — Impact Im*pact , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impacted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impacting}.] [L. impactus, p. p. of impingere to push, strike against. See {Impinge}.] 1. To drive close; to press firmly together: to wedge into a place. Woodward. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impacted — adj. firmly wedged. An impacted tooth (usually a wisdom tooth) is one that cannot erupt into a normal position because it is obstructed by other tissues. Impacted faeces are so hard and dry that they cannot pass through the anus without special… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • impacted — adjective Date: circa 1616 1. a. packed or wedged in b. deeply entrenched ; not easily changed or removed 2. of a tooth wedged between the jawbone and another tooth 3. of, relating to, or being an area (as a school district) providing tax… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Impacted — The term impacted may refer to any of the following* A condition where demand for a particular service, commodity or space is in severely short supply or high demand, such as on street parking spaces, available seats in a very popular college… …   Wikipedia

  • impacted — /im pak tid/, adj. 1. tightly or immovably wedged in. 2. Dentistry. noting a tooth so confined in its socket as to be incapable of normal eruption. 3. driven together; tightly packed. 4. densely populated or crowded; overcrowded: an impacted… …   Universalium

  • impacted — im|pact|ed [ımˈpæktıd] adj a tooth that is impacted is growing under another tooth so that it cannot develop properly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impacted — im|pact|ed [ ım pæktəd ] adjective an impacted tooth cannot grow because it is under another tooth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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